Introduced Click Tight convertibles – Marathon will last less time rear-facing than the other CT convertibles as the head rest is not structural and can not be used to support a rear-facing child’s head above the shell of the seat
Phasing out rear-facing tethering – will be selling anti-rebound bars on their website for $20 (why when you spend $200+ for a seat it can’t come with a safety feature added in… we don’t know)
Changed to red plastic for “action buttons” and to highlight features of the seat. Hopefully fewer parents will miss that they have a no-rethread harness or the recline adjustment lever or all the other “necessary but hidden parts” on their car seat.
Pink Bubble Bum with new and improved lap belt guides… belt just slides in (rather than needing to be pinched in)
Pink coming soon!!!
Will be introducing some car & travel accessories
Update: New and improved lap belt guides are FABULOUS and make it so much easier to thread the belt in… now kids can easily be independent in buckling themselves into the Bubble Bum. All pink Bubble Bums will feature the new belt guides – and they are being phased into all other colors… make sure you get one with the new belt guides!
Image from Chiccos instrution manual for the Chicco Key Fit sold in Europe/Africa showing European belt path on carrier
No new seats shown – did show new Zip fabrics (zip off for easier washing… but try unzipping it on a Chicco Next Fit installed rear-facing and you’ll see that there are some kinks to be worked out.
We again asked why the Chicco Key Fit can’t have a European belt path to allow a safer (European path decreases head and neck forces compared to American path) and more secure installation of the carrier without the base… when it is sold in other countries and features this belt path.
Updates: will be introducing a belt-positioning booster called KidFit which has flexible LATCH and can be used in high back or backless mode. It is not as tall in high back mode as some other boosters. It features cupholders that can be pushed in so that they don’t take up room when another car seat/booster needs to go next to the KidFit.
7lb newborn in Clek Foonf with Infant Thingy
Infant Thingy introduced – which will allow the use of the Fllo & Foonf starting for newborns weighing at least 5 pounds! Fit is good on small babies – particularly if you have a Foonf/Fllo that has 6 shoulder strap slots as the lowest one is well suited when used with the infant thingy.
Cloud Q shown which is like the AtonQ but will recline flat (like a bassinet) when used OUT of the car (like on the stroller). Note: it can NOT be used flat in the car.
Many new strollers shown – including the deluxe Priam and lots of Baby Jogger City Mini competitors.
New Solution M-Fix booster is fabulous… all 3 of us thought it was the most comfortable booster we had ever sat in – and all 3 of us fit in it!!!
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12 pound newborn in Doona installed without base using European belt path
Car seat + stroller in oneEuropean base that features load leg + rigid LATCH will not be brought to the US sadly…
Carrier is heavy (16 pounds) – which is 4 pounds heavier than even the heaviest carriers on the market now… which means that when you are lifting your 20 pound kid in it, you are lifting almost 40 pounds out of the car like dead weight…
Carrier features European belt path & handle used as anti-rebound bar – but handle position prevents tipping carrier more upright during installation to help facilitate Euro routing when the vehicle seat belt is short… meaning you won’t be able to use the Euro routing in some cars when the seat belt is too short to wrap around.
Update: When installing the carrier without the base and there is an infant using the required infant insert (for under 11 pounds), the vehicle lap belt compresses with significant force into the child’s abdomen in a way that we can not recommend it’s use. When the infant insert is removed the child’s abdomen sits farther back, and while the vehicle lap belt touches the abdomen it does not push in with tremendous force (however, we haven’t tried this out with a large baby… and we think the problem seen with the use of the infant insert might be seen with the bigger babies who have “fat bellies”.
Mico Max 30 shown with customizable fabrics… we would love to see a lock-off and a European belt path as a fashionable seat that doesn’t install securely in most positions isn’t really a great option for a car seat.
Scenera NEXT coming out with high rear-facing capacity at a low price point and a seat that doesn’t take up a tremendous amount of room into the front seat (like other Dorel seats which take up so much room into the front seat when rear-facing).
Additional models in the Click Connect line shown… we were extremely disappointed that the 30 Click Connect will feature a rear-adjust harness and a base with a recline adjuster foot that is connected to the base with a zip tie. Graco claimed that at a $99 price point they couldn’t offer such luxuries as a front adjust harness, lock-off, workable recline foot… but the existence of the Urbini Petal which routinely sells at Walmart for $75 and features all 3 of the above makes us doubt the validity of Graco’s statement.
Introduced the Montecarlo R1 high back booster with rigid LATCH
Hinted at introducing an infant seat… UPDATE: we now know it is the Koos and will weigh just 6 pounds !!! and may offer a load leg and European belt path in the US (it does in Europe… we’ll have to see what the US version offers)… we can’t wait to see it in person!
In partnership with Diono, they introduced a very inexpensive high back booster that can accommodate tall children nicely (but requires the support of the vehicle seat back… like many other high back boosters do)
Nothing new shown in terms of car seats other than new colors
UPDATE: the Stokke Nuna Pipa coming out summer 2015 does NOT have the Dream Drape (why they took this off we can’t fathom) and also will not fit onto Maxi Cosi stroller adapters – it will only fit on Stokke strollers (without the use of adapters)
No new car seats shown
Phil & Ted’s
Alpha infant seat shown… which is identical to the Urbini Petal (yes, they are the same seat) but the Phil & Ted’s is double the price. Surprisingly the Petal features a better infant insert than the Alpha.
UPPAbaby Mesa showing European belt path… a feature that has been REMOVED on the 2015 Mesa… what a shame!
Introduced the Vista 15 stroller… which they said would take lots of competitor’s infant seats… but UPDATE: in the twin configuration it only takes 2 Mesa’s which is a real shame since the Mesa is massive and takes up too much room behind the driver for taller drivers… which when you’ve got twins you’ve usually got one baby behind the driver (we love the Cybex Aton2 for twins as it takes up 4 inches less room into the front seat).
UPDATE: While at ABC it was announced that the Mesa would be undergoing changes for 2015 they said it would be lighter… but they didn’t mention that to make it lighter they took off the European belt path!!! Yes, to shave off an ounce they removed a feature that significantly decreases forces on the baby’s head and neck. What were they thinking! We never liked the Mesa a lot before (heavy carrier, straps hard to tighten due to narrow chest clip, didn’t install securely with LATCH or seat belt in some cars)… but now we really don’t like it.